Woodley parkrun #315 – Volunteering is fun!

PUBLISHED BY HELEN DIXON
PHOTOS BY STUART HUMPHRIES

Do you fancy getting a nice purple volunteer parkrun top to go alongside your nice 50,100,250 tops, but still want to run the event each week....well there are so many jobs you can do alongside the event! You can even do what I did this week.... I ran Dinton parkrun with a friend and volunteered to publish Woodley's report. So both runner and volunteer credits earned.

Dean is demonstrating here how amazing the volunteer top looks:

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The roles which can be done alongside parkrun are:

- First Timers Briefing
- Pre Event Setup
- Post Event Closedown
- Run Report Writer
- Tailwalker (But you can't do this one at your own pace)

If you’re resting for an important race, just supporting a friend/family member or just want to do a bit for the community you can even turn up on the day and put on one of these lovely tops:

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The roles which can be done on the day instead of run/walking the event are:

- Timekeeper
- Finish Tokens
- Finish Tokens Support
- Barcode scanning
- Marshall
- Number Checker
- Photographer

All jobs come with training, so why not take a look here and see how you can help?

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/woodley/futureroster/

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Now for this week’s stats:

This week 308 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Dean ALLAWAY • David SAYER • Stuart Alan HUMPHRIES • Kerri FRENCH • Alice KERR • Helen M DIXON • Ruby Rose FRENCH • Amanda HALL • Andy LORING • Richard MASON • Amanda TIPLADY • Hannah Kr PHELPS • Timothy Moger CLARK • Gia MIDDLETON • Martin BROOME • Jessica DOLAN • Ian MCGUINNESS • Rachel OSBORNE • Peter GLASS • Harsh DESAI • Iain MACKENZIE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).

The female record is held by Anna BONIFACE who recorded a time of 17:31 on 15th April 2017 (event number 241).

The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,757 participants have completed 78,262 parkruns covering a total distance of 391,310 km, including 13,553 new Personal Bests.

 

Woodley parkrun #314 - 8th September 2018 – YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD!!!

REPORT BY IAIN MACKENZIE
PUBLISHED BY HELEN DIXON
PHOTOS BY KEVIN LEWINGTON AND IAIN MACKENZIE

Firstly, my story as an introduction to my first Woodley parkrun report.

On 15th April 2017 I watched my son Phillip complete his 100th parkrun. I had not realised the wide age range of participants, thinking myself at age 65 too old. I watched a few more and during May decided to do some training, I’d not clocked a timed run since running the Henlow 10, Cardington Airship Hangar to RAF Henlow  10-mile road race in 1976.

Training went well and I was pleased with my sub 40-minute time for my first Woodley parkrun on 2nd Sept 2017.

A mini milestone occurred for me on 2nd Sept 2018, one year on I had completed 25 parkruns, albeit only 14 at Woodley as ‘tourism’ took hold with runs at 9 other locations, as far away as Whitby near Toronto, Canada on 28th April and also Stuttgart in Germany on 23rd June.  My most recent destination on 25th Aug was at Doncaster a remarkably similar course to Woodley, a small lake, 3 laps and even a fun fair!

By Dec 2017 I had decided to volunteer and am happy to say I’ve participated in all the outfield roles except Run Director (above my status at the moment), Number Checker and Photographer, completing 18 volunteer days including 5 Woodley junior parkruns.

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It has been said before, it is possible to volunteer and run, or volunteer for more than one role in advance of the day, I have done 3 roles in one day and I know others have too. Without volunteers there would be no parkrun and it’s a great way of meeting people......give it a try, you’ll be most welcome!

So to the Woodley parkrun 314 – 8th Sept 2018. The forecast of light showers thankfully did not materialise and the day started cloudy, but during the course of the event the sun tried to shine through, although a slight breeze meant the 14c seemed a tad chilly, with volunteers commenting they should have worn a coat! Welcome to Autumn and the onset of the muddy parkrun!

Milestones today just the one. Congratulations to Birgit Woods on her 50th parkrun, 30 at Woodley but today she chose to run her 50th at Dinton Pastures in 29:30. We welcomed first timers and ‘tourists’ from Dereham, Norfolk and West London. Michael Southerton gave an excellent First Timers' Briefing supported by Amanda Hall showing First Timers the Finish Tokens.

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For the first time in recent months we did not have the park to ourselves. Lawson’s Circus had arrived but thankfully they positioned so as not to affect our course. The footballers had returned to the top field and Sam Whalley Run Director reminded all present that parking for us is not permitted in Woodford Park car parks when football is taking place, as they pay for the hire of the pitches and car park facility.

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So to the start....

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296 runners were poised with finger to press their time piece on the shout of 3-2-1 parkun! It’s not only runners, but buggies and dogs on short lead are permitted. Today we had 3 buggies and unusually no dogs! The buggies were home in the time range of 21 minutes to 32 minutes. I do admire these chaps as it takes me all my time just to get round in 35 mins without a buggy!

Congratulations to Dean Horrell who was first over the line today in 18:37. Well done Dean! Naomi Harris was the first young lady over the line and 4th overall in 19:16 so close to her PB of 19:14. Naomi has been the first lady to finish 7 times during 2018. Very well done Naomi.

The stats revealed 43 PBs and 23 first timers today. 23 volunteers ensured this 314th Woodley parkrun ran smoothly.

Many thanks to Sam our Run Director today and all the volunteers, not forgetting all of the backroom volunteers who work tirelessly during the week to ensure we have enough volunteers on a Saturday. I know Sam is very keen that Woodley should have a run report every week, something many parkruns do not achieve, so if you fancy writing a run report please volunteer. (Don’t worry someone else will check it and publish it for you )

Now for the stats....

This week 296 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Emma GRENSIDE • David Howard CASWELL • Mary JANSSEN • Kerri FRENCH • Michael Ian SOUTHERTON • Rhona Louise SOUTHERTON • Jenny OAKLEY • Helen M DIXON • Amanda HALL • Richard MASON • Samantha WHALLEY • Matt TYE • Timothy Moger CLARK • Kate PATTENDEN • Lesley QUINN • Stan PATTENDEN • Peter KEEN • Adam MAHONEY • Jessica DOLAN • Claire SOUTHERTON • Jo BARTON • Neil CARPENTER • Harsh DESAI • Iain MACKENZIE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).

The female record is held by Anna BONIFACE who recorded a time of 17:31 on 15th April 2017 (event number 241).

The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,738 participants have completed 77,954 parkruns covering a total distance of 389,770 km, including 13,499 new Personal Bests.

 

Woodley parkrun #313 – “We don’t talk about Brighton”

Words by Mark Hamilton
Pictures by Richard Mason and Mike Dawes
Published by Chris Drew

On what was a glorious morning 333 athletes ran, jogged or walked around our lovely Woodford Park. It is great to see the attendance increase to over 300 again after a slight decrease in the last few weeks, obviously people are returning from their summer jaunts away!

There was some interesting parkrun news as I walked up to the skate ramp on Saturday morning with a wedding and the milestone of all milestones!

Firstly, I would like to congratulate Joanne Kent on completing her 250th parkrun with 249 of those coming in Woodley. It is a phenomenal milestone which has obviously involved a lot of time and commitment over the last 6 or so years. If you’re wondering about how many kilometres that works out as that’s 1250 km. No mean feat!

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Jo on her way to 1245 kilometres around Woodford Park (and 5 in Brighton)

Secondly, I would like to offer our warmest parkrun congratulations to Wendy Shaw and Alex Whearity who got married on Saturday. It was lovely to see you both hugging the marshals as you ran around the park and accepting people’s well wishes. A few words of advice for the future – remember it is a marathon not a sprint and as ultra-runners I’m sure you’ll know exactly how to handle life’s challenges in the future! I also hope that the quality of pictures improved as the day progressed after my poor attempt.

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Congratulations guys

As well as these two big events it was a successful day for other runners with 39 Personal Bests and 28 first timers, the weather was obviously conducive for fast running.

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Is it supposed to be this much fun?

The weather for the next week looks warm and dry, a perfect week to train and attempt a new PB this Saturday!

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No need for trail shoes just yet

This week 333 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

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Saving himself for a sprint finish?

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Guy DAKIN • David SAYER • John Paul YOUNG • Paul NOADES • Neil FENWICK • Andy BEST • Chris DREW • Sara Jane BEST • Richard MASON • Samantha WHALLEY • Matt TYE • Javier PEREZ-AMOROS • Timothy Moger CLARK • Mike DAWES • Katie PERKINS • Susie BAKER • Daniel BUTLER • Nicki GODBOLD • Debbie KING • Simon ARTHUR • Charlotte GLEADHILL • Sarah BATE • Mark HAMILTON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Anna BONIFACE who recorded a time of 17:31 on 15th April 2017 (event number 241).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

 

Run report event #312 – A perfect parkrun morning

Run report for event #312 – 25 August 2018
A perfect morning!

Words by: Mark Hamilton
Pictures by: Kevin Lewington
Published by: Jo Greenwood

What a perfect morning for a parkrun! Not too hot and not too windy so no excuse (other than the few extra beers at the pub the other night) for a PB! And so it seemed as 47 out of our 280 runners posted new personal best run times, congratulations guys and girls!

The conditions also saw 30 first timers take part at Woodley with visitors including Nik Light; from the exotic fields of Bracknell; and David Howells; who has stepped up from running Woodley junior parkrun. We hope you had an enjoyable experience and that we see you again soon!

Congratulations must also go to Sarah Harding on reaching her 100th parkrun this week, surely we’ll see you running in a 100 t-shirt in the near future!

I would also like to congratulate Daniel and Stuart Bradburn. Stuart has just recovered from a long-term knee injury and, supported by his son, ran a very respectable time inside the 30 minute barrier. Stuart, we hope the knee held up and that Daniel didn’t push you too hard!

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Well done team Bradburn!

Volunteering is a major part of every parkrun and none of the parkruns in the area could go ahead without the help of all the marshals, timers and scanners so thank must go to all these volunteers. 134D07F3-C5C6-45C2-86EA-1675C90B32A7

Thank you volunteers!

As I pounded round to a new personal best, I recognised Steve Payne who was cheering every runner on heartily; Joanne Hendrie-Henderson; John Young and Adam Mahoney who is currently completing his Duke of Edinburgh award. If you would like to volunteer in the future, you can see the future roster here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/woodley/futureroster or get in touch via woodleyhelpers@parkrun.com.

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Finishing on a perfect morning

The stats:
This week 280 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Nigel S HOULT • Guy DAKIN • David SAYER • John Paul YOUNG • Joanne HENDRIE-HENDERSON • Joanna GREENWOOD • Steve PAYNE • Andy BEST • Sara Jane BEST • Les BENNETT • Gill ACKROYD • Timothy Moger CLARK • Kevin LEWINGTON • Katie PERKINS • Adam MAHONEY • Robert KINGSWELL • Simon ARTHUR • Stephanie SMITH • Mark HAMILTON • Nik LIGHT • Ada THOMASSON • Hugh MAHONY • Julie MAHONY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Anna BONIFACE who recorded a time of 17:31 on 15th April 2017 (event number 241).

The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,684 participants have completed 77,325 parkruns covering a total distance of 386,625 km, including 13,416 new Personal Bests.

 

Woodley parkrun Event #311 – Nick Park at parkrun

Run Report By: Rob Widdis
Photos By: Chris Drew
Published By: Emily Mason

Saturday saw perfect conditions for running - cooler than recently, a hint of breeze, no rain, and oddly for August, no snow either.

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We were joined for our weekly fix of free 5k goodness by Nick Park of Reading Hockey club, and also of England Hockey. Nick is in part funded by the National Lottery, and they, plus UK Sport and of course parkrun UK have teamed up to remind us all to keep active, for those us of not yet bitten by the parkrun bug to get active, and everyone everywhere to get volunteering and help support our events. Our thanks to Nick for helping in this - he volunteered as a Tail Walker, and formed part of a triumvirate of Tail Walkers, the other two being Ellie and Nick Clark. Our Tail Walkers are duty bound to finish last, making sure that everyone gets round, and also making sure that nobody has to worry about finishing in last place. parkrun is for everyone, be they elite athletes or less gifted human beings such as myself.

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So Nick Clark and Nick Park were on the Tail this week, we also asked Nick Darke if he wanted to do it too, but he wasn't available.

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This week's RD was the lovely Sarah Hilling, who once she had reminded us all of our responsibilities towards other park users and to each other, congratulated Woodley regulars the lovely Mike Dimmick and the lovely now Mrs Jenny Dimmick, who were married last Saturday and now honeymooning in Croatia. They had the foresight to leave us all some wedding cake, and very nice it was too, even after running 5k!

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So….to business - we had 299 finishers on Saturday, which by lucky chance is exactly the same number of finishers as when I last did the report a month ago. In that report, I registered my displeasure at the high volume of "Unknown Athletes" appearing in the results, indicative of a high number of people arriving without barcodes. I am happy to report a significant improvement, only 13 of you failed to bring your barcodes, hopefully we can get it down to zero at some point.

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A whopping 45 of you got New PBs, which is a tremendous effort, my only regret is that for the 947th week on the trot I wasn't amongst them. We were also able to welcome 29 First Timers, including tourists from exotic places such as Frimley, Basingstoke, Swindon and Bath, as well as other places such as Reading and Bracknell. Welcome to Woodford Park, and hope to see you again soon.

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Here's the stats.....

This week 299 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Joanne HENDRIE-HENDERSON • David HARWOOD • David Howard CASWELL • Nick CLARK • Emma CASWELL • Ellie CLARK • Neil FENWICK • Annette RUSSELL • Joanne KENT • Juliet FENWICK • Chris DREW • Richard MASON • Hilary RENNIE • Emily MASON • Sarah DREW • Timothy Moger CLARK • Rob WIDDIS • Sarah HILLING • Adam MAHONEY • Debbie HURLEY • Robert KINGSWELL • Debbie KING • James RENNIE • Katie RENNIE • Sushama KHANDEKAR • Vikas KHANDEKAR • Brian OXBROUGH • Hugh MAHONY • Paul MAHONY • Nick PARK

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Anna BONIFACE who recorded a time of 17:31 on 15th April 2017 (event number 241).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,654 participants have completed 77,045 parkruns covering a total distance of 385,225 km, including 13,369 new Personal Bests.

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